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2022




Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
His 7th movie
My 7th movie watched from the director



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Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 157 Average listal rating (108 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2

2022




Director: Damien Chazelle
His 5th movie
My 4th movie watched from the director



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The Story of Hollywood Through Movies
Top Ten Performances - Margot Robbie
Top Ten Performances - Brad Pitt
Top 25 Predictions of Future Stars - 2022 - Diego Calva
Top 25 Predictions of Future Stars - 2022 - Li Jun Li

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Location: Hollywood, CA, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 133 Average listal rating (93 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1



Director: Debra Granik
Her 4th movie
My 2nd movie watched from the director



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Top 25 Predictions of Future Stars - 2018 - Thomasin McKenzie


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Location: Oregon Forest near Portland, OR, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 78 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3



Director: Paolo Sorrentino
His 10th movie
My 4th movie watched from the director



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Coming of Age in Europe

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Location: Napoli, Italy
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5



Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda
His 1st movie
My 1st movie watched from the director



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Location: Soho and Midtown Manhattan, NYC, NY, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 364 Average listal rating (242 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3



Director: Bong Joon Ho
His 6th movie
My 4th movie watched from the director



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Location: Rural South Korea
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.6



Director: Isabel Coixet
Her 18th movie
My 3rd movie watched from the director




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Black and White Films of the 21st Century


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Location: Galicia, Spain
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 42 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6

2022




Director: Sean Anders
His 8th movie
My 6th movie watched from the director


There are definitely some things I strongly question about this movie, but overall I was entertained and it was a fun outing. Obviously the two leads are likable and that's the main draw. The twist on "A Christmas Carol" is clever enough and the little twists that come along with it kept it interesting. Some of the songs are really good, but I think half of them were unnecessary and far from memorable. The songs also end up making it about 20 minutes too long. It needed to be tighter, for sure.


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100 Best Christmas Movies
The Many Reincarnations of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

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Location: Manhattan, NYC, NY, USA; Vancouver, BC, CA
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Director: Orson Welles
His 19th movie
My 10th movie watched from the director



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Top Ten Films - Orson Welles
Directors' Posthumous Films

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Location: Hollywood, CA, USA
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4



Director: Morgan Neville
His 14th movie
My 3rd movie watched from the director



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Documentary Movies about Making Movies
The BioDocs of the 21st Century
Best Documentaries of the 2010s

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November

People who added this item 51 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.3



Director: Hernán Jiménez
His 5th movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


The title, a play on "Love Actually" and "Die Hard" has only being set during Christmas related to them. It's a Hallmark-style movie that sits above those. There isn't anything clever or new about it, but what helps is the likable leads and higher caliber acting (not saying much, I know). Plus there are a few scenes that are pretty entertaining.

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Top Ten Performances - Nina Dobrev

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Location: Lake Placid, NY, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.1



Director: Joel Coen
His 19th movie
My 19th movie watched from the director



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Original V. Remake
Black and White Films of the 21st Century
Top Ten Performances - Denzel Washington (Honorable Mention)
Top Ten Performances - Frances McDormand (Honorable Mention)
Shakespeare Adaptations: Ranked

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Location: Northern Scotland, UK
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 106 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
CODA (2021)



Director: Sian Heder
Her 2nd movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


This felt like a made-for-TV movie that was way better than anyone expected. The production is simple and average, but the writing, story, characters, and actors are fantastic and beautiful. It's the definition of a feel-good movie. And it didn't have to be political, preachy, or inventive. This is a rare success, and I'm so happy to see it won the Oscar for Best Picture.

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Oscars Best Picture Winners: Ranked
Top 25 Predictions of Future Stars - 2015 - Emilia Jones

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Location: Gloucester, MA, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 115 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.5



Director: Jérémy Clapin
His 1st movie
My 1st movie watched from the director




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A New Century Brings a New Kind of Animated Film
Best Animated Movies of the 2010s

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Location: Paris Suburbs
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (73 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.2

2022




Director: Olivia Wilde
Her 2nd movie
My 2nd movie watched from the director


This movie is not necessarily bad, but the tone just doesn't feel right, as maybe the director wanted. The twist is interesting, but sort of predictable and the payoff is not worth a mediocre story. Movies that combine two high-concept ideas aren't always a bad thing, but this one was too clearly trying to be a mix between "Stepford Wives" and "The Matrix" and no matter the ambitions it's doesn't ascend to those levels. Another additional reason is that none of the characters are likable, at any point, and that's pretty damn important if you want to get behind an idea.

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Is This Real?

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Location: Victory (Fictional)
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Borg McEnroe (2017)



Director: Janus Metz
His 2nd movie
My 1st movie watched from the director



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This List Vs. The World
Top Ten Performances - Shia Labeouf

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Location: Various
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 103 Average listal rating (67 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.5
Blonde (2022)

2022




Director: Andrew Dominik
His 6th movie
My 3rd movie watched from the director


A movie that asks 'what is exploitation?' while being exploitive. An approach a lot of people didn't seem to like. I liked the idea, even if it is difficult to watch. What made it easier to watch is the incredible cinematography and truly artistic and creative structure of scenes and editing. Even with the difficult subject matter and sadness throughout I was excited to see how the next scene would play out, how the movie would approach the next part of her life. I never could truly believe De Armas in the role, only because of her Spanish accent (Maybe director's fault?), but otherwise she was very impressive, as is the large supporting cast.

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The Many Interpretations of Marilyn Monroe
Top Ten Performances - Ana de Armas
The Story of Hollywood Through Movies
The Great Big List of American Biopics (In Subject's Chronological Order)

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Location: Hollywood, CA, USA; Various Others
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8



Director: Edgar Wright
His 7th movie
My 7th movie watched from the director



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Best Music Documentaries of All Time

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Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.5



Director: Michael Winterbottom
His 33rd movie
My 10th movie watched from the director



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Best Pseudo Documentaries
Top Ten Films - Michael Winterbottom
Best Movie Sagas
4th Movie in the Series: Ranked

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Location: Greece, of course
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2022




Director: Olivia Newman
Her 2nd movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


This one was better than expected. I was going into it thinking it would be a middle-road Nicolas Sparks type of movie; and while there were still plenty of those elements, it was a level up from those. The ending is what cemented it as worthwhile movie. The structure and pacing were also nice and impressive for fairly new director, mainly thinking about how they could have easily rushed many of the scenes or left some out, making the emotional weight too light.

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There's Blood in the Water

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Location: Coastal North Carolina, USA
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October

People who added this item 858 Average listal rating (532 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.2
Solaris (2002)



Director: Steven Soderbergh
His 13th movie
My 25th movie watched from the director


Well, this was a fun one! Said nobody. Obviously going into it I wasn't expecting 'fun', but holy Hell this one was rough. A movie that just gets worse and worse for the characters. Still, that doesn't diminish the filmmaking. The story is well done, the acting is spot on, cinematography notable, and pacing perfect. Such an affective tone Eggers created, too.

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Original V. Remake

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Location: Outer Space
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 133 Average listal rating (96 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Pig



Director: Michael Sarnoski
His 1st movie
My 1st movie watched from the director



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Top Ten Performances - Nicolas Cage
Pigs in a Movie

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Location: Portland and Rural Oregon, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 55 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6



Director: Bo Burnham
His 6th movie
My 5th movie watched from the director


I have found Burnham to be a very creative comedian, always looking at taking a new approach to comedy. His videos and live shows are filled with trying to re-form comedy. In this he takes it up another notch and it's hugely successful. Out of all the Covid movies and projects to come out this has to be at the top. He actually made art out of it. The only negative thing I can say it clearly comes from a privileged state and I made sure to actually feel sorry for him at any point, knowing his place. Still, that didn't deter from the very creative comedy that has come from this.

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One-Person Movies

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Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 659 Average listal rating (505 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.9



Director: Robert Eggers
His 1st movie
My 2nd movie watched from the director


Well, this was a fun one! Said nobody. Obviously going into it I wasn't expecting 'fun', but holy Hell this one was rough. A movie that just gets worse and worse for the characters. Still, that doesn't diminish the filmmaking. The story is well done, the acting is spot on, cinematography notable, and pacing perfect. Such an affective tone Eggers created, too.

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Help!
Top 25 Predictions of Future Stars - 2015 - Anya Taylor-Joy

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Location: Rural Massachusetts, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 399 Average listal rating (246 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 5.3
The Dilemma (2011)



Director: Ron Howard
His 23rd movie
My 23rd movie watched from the director


This movie had some weird tonal shifts throughout. I think Howard and company were trying to make a comedy that was also deep but failed. It's too bad because there are some truly funny moments, fun moments, serious moments, emotionally charged moments, but as a whole they didn't work with each other. The acting wasn't bad either. Though, beyond Wynona Rider's naturally poor acting I have one negative comment about the acting - Vince Vaughn is naturally funny, but I think every movie he has done post "Wedding Crashers" he has this way about him where he now knows what people love about him and he tries to replicated that, causing a lot of his jokes and acting not to land. They're often 90% there. Whereas, pre "Wedding Crashers" he was still trying to himself.

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Top Ten Performances - Queen Latifah

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Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 70 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7



Director: Paul Verhoeven
His 17th movie
My 8th movie watched from the director


This is a wild movie, with an incredible story and characters. From the opening scene to the end I was really into it. I still found enough flaws in it to not love it, and I don't like it when I see a movie with a protagonist who I like ends up being terrible. I did not love the shock and awe of it all, was really impressed by the acting, writing, and editing.

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Top Ten Films - Paul Verhoeven
Nominations for Best Kiss in a Movie
Favorite Anti-Catholic Movies
Best Movie Posters - 2021
Top Ten Performances - Charlotte Rampling
Best Female Performances of the 2020s - Virginie Efira
Best Child Performances - Elena Plonka
Top 25 Predictions of Future Stars - 2021 - Elena Plonka

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Location: Pescia, Italy
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Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
Their 18th movie
My 18th movie watched from the directors


This anthology movie is quite a spectacle. Rarely do these types of movies hold much of my interest - "Wild Tales" is a rare exception. Every tale in this is honestly very good and I wouldn't want to get rid of any of them. The tying themes are so well done, the main one being death, but more complicated than that, of course. The acting is superb, the characters are memorable, and of course the Coen writing is like no other. I loved the scenery, cinematography, and really the whole production design.
I'm ashamed it took me this long to see a Coen Brothers movie. Ashamed.

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Top Ten Anthology Movies
Top Ten Performances - Tom Waits
The Fascinating List of Side Characters in Coen Brothers Movies
The List of Dedicated Coen Brothers Acting Coterie
Best Westerns
Top Ten Performances - Liam Neeson (Honorable Mention)
Top Ten Performances - Brendan Gleeson (Honorable Mention)
Favorite Songs from a Non-Musical - Drama (Gleeson's Irish Melody)
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Location: Various Unnamed Locations in Western USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 2595 Average listal rating (1877 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Predator (1987)



Director: John McTiernan
His 2nd movie
My 7th movie watched from the director


Wow, finally a movie that has been on my list for honestly twenty years, and here we are! It mostly lives up to the expectations. A lot of alpha male dialogue and action with all the characters getting killed off one-by-one.
It is a delight to see but also a sad reminder of how these types of movies no longer get any mainstream attention.
The one part that was actually kind of disappoint was "Get to the chopper!" as it's a hugely popular line from this movie, but in the scene it feels like just another line from Arnold. Doesn't actually stand out and not as intense as I expected.

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Top Ten Films - John McTiernan
Spoiler: Everyone Dies in this List of Non-Slasher Movies
Top Ten Performances - Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Location:
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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.6



Director: Maite Alberdi
Her 6th movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


This pseudo documentary is king of brilliant, even if filled with mostly uninteresting dialogue. The set-up is great and the ending is powerful, it just requires a lot of patience in between. I don't want to say much more or else I would honestly ruin the experience for you.

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Top Ten Pseudo Documentaries

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Location: San Francisco, Chile
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 82 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.8
Vox Lux (2018)



Director: Brady Corbet
His 2nd movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


This movie starts off really strong and seems like it's going in an interesting direction... but doesn't. It ends up being lot of dialogue that's more annoying and derivative than interesting and enlightening, as I am sure the writer imagined it would be. They want to say a lot in this movie but none of it truly lands even if a lot of the imagery is memorable.
Really, most of the characters are not likable. The production design and cinematography and editing were noticeably strong, it just didn't have the story/writing/characters to make it a really good movie.

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Bookends: The Best Opening and Closing Shots
Top 25 Predictions of Future Stars - 2018 - Raffey Cassidy

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Location: Manhattan, NYC, USA; Stockholm, Sweden
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September

People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.5



Director: Fina Torres
Her 5th movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


There isn't a lot that happens in this not-really-a-romance movie. There are some friends on a beach, there is a love interest brewing, they make it happen, then they leave. The characters are likable and there is nothing particularly bad about it, it's just really uninteresting.

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Location: Punto Fijo, Venezuela
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 187 Average listal rating (133 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.3

2022




Director: Baz Luhrman
His 6th movie
My 6th movie watched from the director


I love Luhrmann's style, no matter the subject matter. It's unique to him and it always creates a certain excitable energy. Butler does a hell of a job playing the king and Hanks is incredibly, and appropriately, unlikable. The title should have been different because of half the focus being on The Colonel, and it's just a boring title... but that's something director has rarely done right (Rome + Juliet, Australia, etc.). Anyway, the whole production has impressive and the scenes with the performances were certainly the highlight. Going into the movie I wasn't expecting to actually feel bad for Elvis Presley, but I did.

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Top Ten Films - Baz Luhrmann
The History of the Music Industry Told Through Movies
The Great Big List of American Biopics (In Subject's Chronological Order)
Top Ten Movies Where Tom Hanks is Actually a Bad Dude
Top 25 Predictions of Future Stars - 2022 - Austin Butler

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Location: Memphis, TN, USA; Las Vegas, NV, USA
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2022




Director: John Rice
His 2nd movie
My 1st movie watched from the director



It is funny and it's so good to see their antics again, and with a new story, but I can't help think this could have been better. There are a lot of funny things happening here, but the story isn't great and the supporting characters aren't as funny as 'Do America'. I will definitely give another watch, as I know the show and previous movie got better with each viewing. Still, there was nothing that wowed me like the hallucination scene in the desert.

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Movies and Their Sequels with the Longest Gap Between
Top Ten Films - Mike Judge

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Location: West Texas, USA; Outer Space
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 135 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Draft Day (2014)



Director: Ivan Reitman
His 17th movie
My 11th movie watched from the director

It shouldn't have been any surprise to me this would be a paint-by-numbers movie, but I expected more from Ivan Reitman. This was lazy and essentially an NFL commercial with bad supporting acting. Costner was solid, and he is the only thing I can compliment. And why is the hell is Jennifer Garner still getting cast in things?! She continues to ruin every scene she is in.

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The Worst: Movies that are Actually Commercials (NFL)

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Location: Cleveland, OH, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 96 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8



Director: Rupert Goold
His 3rd movie
My 1st movie watched from the director

I knew what I was getting into before the movie began, but it didn't prevent me from falling for the performances, music, and tragedy. I rarely cry at movies these days, but somehow this one did it. Damn you, Judy!

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Top Ten Performances - Renée Zellweger
The Story of Hollywood Through Movies
The Great Big List of American Biopics (In Subject's Chronological Order)
Top 25 Predictions of Future Stars - 2019 - Jessie Buckley

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Location: Covent Garden in London, England, UK; Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 164 Average listal rating (105 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.4
Valley Girl (1983)



Director: Martha Coolidge
Her 3rd movie
My 3rd movie watched from the director

A classic 80s rom-com that has been on the list for years and finally found its moment. There is nothing great about it, but it does have an entertaining 80s feel to it and the characters are fun. The story is nothing interesting, it's mainly the overall setting that is the attraction.

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80s Teen Movies
The Star-Crossed Lovers of Cinema

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Location: Encino, CA, USA; Hollywood, CA, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 240 Average listal rating (119 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
42nd Street (1933)



Director: Lloyd Bacon
His 33rd movie
My 3rd movie watched from the director

The acting in this one, compared to others of its kind, was notably annoying. The story wasn't bad and the dance numbers are iconic. More than any other Busby Berkley movie this one was about legs. Legs legs legs.

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Dance Numbers of the 1930s

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Location: Manhattan, NYC, NY, USA; Philadelphia, PA, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 306 Average listal rating (199 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1



Director: McG
His 3rd movie
My 4th movie watched from the director

This movie (and Warner's) wanted so badly for this to be a family friendly Disney sports movie, but it fell short. Casting McC was a great choice, hiring McG was a bad choice. The writing ruined it and it was hokey. It's a shame because the story really is so good and the overall cast is top-notch.

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Top Ten Performances - Anthony Mackie
The Football Movies: Ranked

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Location: Huntington, WV, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 1884 Average listal rating (1221 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.5



Director: Charlie Chaplin
His 7th movie
My 7th movie watched from the director

Finally I get the chance to see this Chaplin classic! It's kind of ridiculous it took me so long. Bonus I watched it with my wife and son, trying to get them into Chaplin. I had seen several of the scenes as clips and "Smile" is one of my all-time favorite songs, making it even more ridiculous that it took me so long to see it... Any, I loved it. It truly is top-notch Chaplin and the comedy holds up while the story is transcendent. Plus, Paulette Goddard is enchanting and possibly Chaplin's best leading lady.

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Top Ten Films - Charlie Chaplin
Top Ten Performances - Charlie Chaplin
The Entire Movie Soundtrack (One song per decade) - "Smile"
Opening Shots vs. Final Shot

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Location: Manhattan NYC, NY, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 145 Average listal rating (109 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1
The Lost City (2022)

2022




Director: The Nee Brothers
Their 4th movie
My 1st movie watched from the directors

It didn't take long to realize this was an updated version of "Romancing the Stone". It had plenty of reasons not to take it too seriously... in fact, so much that it ended up being a fun watch that I didn't take seriously at all and just enjoyed. The chemistry with the two leads worked, the villain worked, and the comedic appearance of an A-lister (spoiler) as the would-be hero was pretty great.

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Top Ten Performances - Channing Tatum (Honorable Mention)
Best Dance Scenes
Top 25 Predictions of Future Stars - 2022 - Patti Harrison

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Location: Fictional Island in the Canary Islands
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August

People who added this item 895 Average listal rating (569 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Big Sleep (1946)



Director: Howard Hawks
His 19th movie
My 13th movie watched from the director

Another Bogart/Bacall noir (3rd this year, after "Key Largo" and "To Have and Have Not") and it honestly might be the strongest yet. More thoughts to come as I let it marinate...

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Top Ten Films - Howard Hawks
Top Ten Performances - Humphrey Bogart
Top Ten Performances - Lauren Bacall

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Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 188 Average listal rating (123 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3



Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
His 9th movie
My 9th movie watched from the director

PTA, one of my favorite directors of the last 30 years, directing a movie set in The Valley, it's going to be amazing. That trailer led me to believe it, the poster helps, the casting of Haim and Phillip Seymour-Hoffman's son , the supporting cast of Penn, Waits, and Cooper... it had everything going for it; yet, on my first viewing I am left disappointed. That, by no means, means it's a bad movie, in fact, I am rating it 8/10, because there are so many things I liked about it. I just didn't immediately love it, like I have with 6 out of 8 of Anderson's previous movies.
Much like "Inherent Vice" and "Boogie Nights" this movie is full of really entertaining scenes and interesting characters. And like with "Inherent Vice" it doesn't work perfectly as a whole movie, as "Boogie Nights" did.

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Movies Without a Plot
Top Ten Films - Paul Thomas Anderson
The Most Deceiving List of Deceiving Movie Titles
Most Anticipated Movies of 2021
Best Movie Posters - 2021

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Location: Encino, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 51 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8

2022




Director: Ron Howard
His 34th movie
My 22nd movie watched from the director

I tend to like rescue movies and Ron Howard has had success with rescue movies with "13" in the title... so it seemed like a sure thing... and it was great. Howard's documentary experience seemed to influence the approach to this movie as it almost felt like one. It eschewed a lot of the rescue movie tropes and replaced it with natural non-dramatic dialogue with mostly action of how it happened. There were a few moments of the parents that seemed to against this approach, otherwise it worked really well.

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Favorite Rescue Movies
Top Ten Films - Ron Howard
Top Ten Performances - Viggo Mortensen
Top Ten Performances - Colin Farrell
Saves in Caves
Thirteen is an Unlucky Number?

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Location: Tham Luang Cave, Thailand
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 396 Average listal rating (284 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Raid 2 (2014)



Director: Gareth Evans
His 4th movie
My 2nd movie watched from the director

This sequel surprised me, in that it wasn't much like the first one, as far as plot and concept and yet it worked really well. The fight choreography is better, the cinematography and production design is better and many of the scenes have stuck with me. Still, I didn't really care that much about the plot, as I kept anticipating the next fight scene.

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Sequels Better Than Their Predecessors

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Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
Kajillionaire (2020)



Director: Miranda July
Her 3rd movie
My 3rd movie watched from the director

It's been nine years since a Miranda July movie and it was a delight to see her unique brand of strange back on the screen (she is an artist in other media as well).
The acting and pacing is something that seemed better in this one, yet the small oddities are aren't quite as prevalent and strong as her other two movies.
The familial crumbling and the slow build up of the female relationship both come to a beautiful end in the very last moment.
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Top Ten Performances - Debra Winger
Top Ten Performances - Gina Rodriguez
Families of Thieves and Grifters
Movies with No Denouement

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Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
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2022




Director: Russo Brothers
Their 9th movie
My 6th movie watched from the directors

After "Cherry" I wasn't exactly excited to see Russo Brothers movie, but I'm a sucker for a Ryan Gosling movie and the action looked inviting. Turns out, I have reason not to be excited for a movie of their's as the direction, staging, and writing were the weakest part of this. It had serious potential to be the origin movie of a Bond-like character, with Gosling well-qualified for the role as he delivered.

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Top Ten Performances - Chris Evans (Honorable Mention)
Top Ten Performances - Ana De Armas
Best One-Man Armies

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Location: Too Many for it to matter
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Apollo 11 (2019)



Director: Todd Douglas Miller
His 4th movie
My 1st movie watched from the director

This is very good straight-forward-action documentary. There are no talking heads, statistics, graphics, voice overs, nothing but showing you the step-by-step mission. It's very impressive and paced incredibly well.
The footage throughout is also beautifully maintained. It's sometimes hard to believe this is live footage from 1969.

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Best Documentaries of the 2010s

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People who added this item 744 Average listal rating (547 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6



Director: Gareth Evans
His 3rd movie
My 1st movie watched from the director

For pure action delight, this is a great movie to watch. It's the kind of movie that knows what it is and doesn't waste time with the drama - It mainly gives you the thrills but yet it still has a story that isn't bad.

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Movies with the highest percentage of action

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Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Annette (2021)



Director: Leos Carax
His 6th movie
My 3rd movie watched from the director

I had high expectations for this one - A Leos Carax musical, Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver, the Sparks Brothers creating the music/lyrics, that poster, the trailer... it seemed like a guarantee.
But alas it wasn't great and I wasn't wowed. I was, however, very amused through most of it and absolutely love the creativity and effort. The look of the film was the best part, but the characters were the worst part. The composer had some likability to him, otherwise it was tough to get into it because they all seemed perfectly unlikable. As for the musical aspect, I loved the opening and end credits songs, otherwise a lot of the songs didn't really feel like songs, more like telling us what is happening, but in song. Maybe it was an ode to "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" but not nearly as affective.
Finally, the final scene in "Annette" with Annette was the strongest scene. That, and the end credits helped end it with good feelings, since it was going downhill before that, as the movie seemed to not know what to do, like with seemingly pointless scenes like McHenry being in a club with beautiful women.

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Top Ten Performances - Adam Driver (Honorable Mention)
Top Ten Performances - Marion Cotillard (Honorable Mention)
Best One-Scene-Only Performances - Devyn McDowell
Best One-Artist Soundtracks - Sparks
Best Posters of 2021
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Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
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People who added this item 1371 Average listal rating (945 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6



Director: George Miller
His 2nd movie
My 6th movie watched from the director

I finally get to see this gem of a movie, it's kind of ridiculous it took me this long! The action, direction, and set pieces were all great. I thought it flowed much better than the first and Gibson was more interesting in this, still surrounded by crazy characters that were amped up. Yet, having seen "Fury Road" back at its release, it's still not as amped up, crazy, and brilliant as that.

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Top Ten Performances - Mel Gibson (Honorable Mention)
Step Into Dystopia (50 Best Dystopian Movies)
Best Movies of 1981
Movies Set in the Future: Prediction vs. Reality

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Location: Somewhere in Australia
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This list was created by Stephen H Koontz

A list of movies I have seen chronologically, for the FIRST time, in the year we all know, properly, as 2022.



Release Date Tally
Movies released in...

2022: 17
2020s: 36
2010s: 32
2000s: 6
1990s: 1
1980s: 5
1970s: 4
1960s: 2
1950s: 3
1940s: 4
1930s: 3
(Through December - Complete list for the year)




Movies I've seen previously (Number of times seen)
The Holiday (4)
Whiplash (2)
The Godfather (5)
Beetlejuice (2)
The Ring (2)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2)
Gone in 60 Seconds (3)
Logan Lucky (2)
The Pelican Brief (2)
The Other Guys (3)
Bad Words (2)
Top Gun (2)
Trance (2)
Blades of Glory (4)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (2)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2)
Parasite (2)
Saving Private Ryan (8)
Vice (2)
The Godfather (4)
Sixteen Candles (2)
Dazed and Confused (4)
Endless Love 2014 (2)
Jerry Maguire (10)
The Breakfast Club (5)
Edge of Tomorrow (2)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2)
Magic Mike XXL (2)
Rush Hour 2 (4)
Lord of the Flies - 1990 - (5)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (4)
Sketch Artist (2)
America, America (2)
National Treasure (3)


Enjoy!


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